Kevin McCarthy Says He Plans To Investigate Maui Response

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( – On Wednesday, August 23, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) revealed to reporters during a tour of a Syracuse, N.Y., 5G manufacturing facility that the House would probably be launching a probe into the federal response following the devastating wildfires in Maui which led to the death of at least 115 people.

McCarthy stated during the tour that he had concerns about the response and questioned how it was possible for so many American lives to be lost. He added that he would be working with the House committees to investigate the issue and ensure that nothing like this would happen again. He made a point to mention President Joe Biden’s response earlier in August, where he had told reporters he had “no comment” about the fires while vacationing in his Rehoboth Beach, Del. McCarthy called this “unacceptable.” According to a report from The Hill, the President also announced around that time that he would be visiting island. He made the trip last week.

Biden initially approved a federal disaster declaration after the wildfires started. Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel were also deployed to assist in the relief efforts. Biden stated that those agents were going to remain in Maui for as long as necessary.

While the death toll rests at 115, reports from late last week indicated that nearly 400 people were still unaccounted for. It is not yet clear what caused the fire, however, there is a lawsuit that claimed that the downed power lines were what started the initial electrical fire, which then moved rapidly because of the dry climate and vegetation.

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